Man's Personal Ad from 1865 Goes Viral More Than 150 Years Later
Dating and courtship rituals have changed over the centuries, but judging from the vintage personal ad below, a nice smile has always been a selling point for potential partners.
This newspaper listing from 1865 spotted by Elite Daily lists the qualities of a single, 18-year-old man from Maine, including "a good set of teeth." Oxford University researcher Max Roser rediscovered the plea for romance, and posted a Twitter image of the ad for our modern enjoyment.
— Max Roser (@MaxCRoser) June 19, 2017
Dating apps (or, for that matter, the internet) didn’t exist during the 19th century, so singles sometimes posted carefully worded newspaper bulletins to snag a spouse. In this particular case, the man chose to open the ad by highlighting his full-toothed grin—a desirable trait, considering the era’s questionable dental hygiene practices.
The Maine man goes on to describe his patriotism, his thriving career as a farmer, and his many pets: sheep, a 2-year-old bull, and two young female cows. And if toothy charm alone weren't enough to attract a partner, his desire for commitment and willingness to spoil her—combined with a hint of endearing vulnerability—hopefully would.
"I want to get married," the ad concludes. "I want to buy bread-and-butter, hoop skirts, and waterfalls for some person of the female persuasion during life. That’s what’s the matter with me. But I don’t know how to do it."
[h/t Elite Daily]